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The Bride (2015)

La novia (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 August 2016 (USA)
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As the Bride and the Groom prepare for the wedding in the pale desert, a tale of unappeased desires; forbidden yearnings, and conflicted choices unfolds. Now, three lovers stand powerless before the true nature of man. Is fate unavoidable?

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Paula Ortiz

Writers:

Javier García Arredondo (screenplay by), Federico García Lorca (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Inma Cuesta ... Novia
Álex García ... Leonardo
Asier Etxeandia ... Novio
Luisa Gavasa ... Madre
Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa ... Padre
Leticia Dolera ... Mujer de Leonardo
Consuelo Trujillo ... Criada
Ana Fernández ... Vecina
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Mendiga
Manuela Vellés ... Muchacha 1
Verónika Moral Verónika Moral ... Muchacha 2
Laura Contreras Laura Contreras ... Muchacha 3
Mariana Cordero ... Suegra
Mariano Anós Mariano Anós ... Primo del Mar 1
David Moreau David Moreau ... Primo del Mar 2
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Storyline

Based on "Bodas de sangre" by Federico García Lorca, tells the story of a love triangle between two men and a woman. Two lovers carried away by their passion defying all moral and social rules even challenging their own judgment. The same day of her wedding, the bride and her lover escape on horseback to live their love. Their disobedience will have devastating consequences. Written by Anonymous

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And I follow you through the air, like a blade of grass. See more »

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ara See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadoccia, Turkey See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,187,147 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,682,689
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Acress Inma Cuesta, singed la Tarara acapella in the wedding after-party scene, needing no special effects or arrangements to her voice. See more »

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The groom chases the unfaithful bride on a BMW R25/2, formerly seen in the film with a sidecar. When he arrives, he rides an unidentified motorcycle (could it be a BSA?) which stalls. See more »

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La novia: It's like I have drunk a bottle of anise and I am sleeping on a bed of roses.
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the girl can't help it
13 February 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The pitch for this movie might have come across as blending a Greek tragedy with a romance novel, and then adding a dash of revenge. Fortunately director Paula Ortiz's vision for the Federico Garcia Lorca play "Bodas de sangre" is more poetic and lyrical than such an overview would suggest.

Love triangles are the core of many stories and movies, but it's the opening sequence here that clues us in that the trouble has already occurred, and though it removes some of the suspense of "what", it certainly sets the stage for an interesting "how" and "why".

Beautiful Inma Cuesta plays Novia (billed only as the titular bride) who is engaged to Asier Etxeandia (billed only as Novio, the groom). The abundance of family stress (on both sides) has little to do with the wedding plans, and more to do with Leonardo (Alex Garcia). Leonardo is more than the local hunk who is always lurking about on horseback; he's also the third wheel who can't let go of his desire for Novia … in spite of his young child and pregnant wife. To make things messier, Novia seems to answer his heightened desire for her with her own uncontrollable passion for him.

It's Yin and Yang. Safe and Dangerous. The bride's conflicted choice leads the groom's mother (Goya winner Luisa Gavasa) to be a foreboding presence throughout, and keeps most of the village on edge. Additionally, there is an element of mysticism as Maria Alfonsa Rossa appears periodically as the figure of death – and we are never quite sure of the motivations behind her advice.

Goya winner Miguel Amoedo provides beautiful cinematography that balances between fantasy, harsh realities, and the romance of the moment. There are many intimate close-ups, as well as some stunning desert wide shots of Leonardo riding the horse. The score and soundtrack are terrific, including Soledad Velez with a haunting version of Leonard Cohen's "Take this Waltz".

The concept of destiny vs. choice hovers over most scenes, and the twisted family and childhood histories give the film a Shakespearian feel. Last year, the film received numerous Goya nominations (including Ms. Cuesta, Ms. Ortiz, Mr. Garcia) are resulted in the wins for Ms. Gavasa and Mr. Amoedo. It may not make the best Valentine's Day date movie, but it is an interesting watch from the romance-tragedy-revenge-horseback genre.


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